By Geri Coleman Tucker
Choices abound when it comes to picking the right elementary school for a child with learning and attention issues. This checklist might help you narrow down your list.
The student-teacher ratio is reasonable.
I know and agree with the school’s policy on handling behavior problems.
The school actively works to prevent and deal with bullying.
The school is safe and clean.
Very few students are expelled or suspended; violence is rare.
The school has a good policy for dealing with sick children.
The school won’t let anyone take my child out of school without my permission.
Afterschool child care and afterschool sports, clubs and programs are available.
The school grounds are secure and the neighborhood is safe.
There’s a gym, playground and playing field for physical activities.
The school has a psychologist, speech therapist and occupational therapist on staff.
Teachers and specialists are trained to recognize and work well with children who have learning and attention issues.
They know how to deal with discipline and behavior issues and have a written policy.
There’s not a lot of staff turnover.
Teachers seem knowledgeable and pleasant.
The school offers a supportive environment and has the proper resources.
The school can serve my child’s special learning needs.
The method of teaching at the school works well with my child’s learning strengths.
Regular education and special education teachers work together.
The school is near my home, or is convenient for my child to get to.
The school hours fit my schedule.
I like the policy for watching my child’s progress and keeping me informed.
There are parent-teacher conferences as needed.
I’m welcome or encouraged to be involved at the school and volunteer.
A reasonable amount of homework is given.
The school has high expectations for all students.
Assistive technology is available for learning needs.
The school scores well on standardized tests.
There is a library, music and arts program, and a computer lab.
Children do well in middle school after they leave this school.
Geri Coleman Tucker is a freelance writer and editor and a former deputy managing editor for USA Today.
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